A company has been ordered by state health officials to stop selling raw milk after a New Jersey woman developed a rare bacterial infection from drinking it.
Udder Milk was issued a cease-and-desist order by the state Friday for illegally distributing its the raw milk in New Jersey.
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The unidentified North Jersey resident has recovered after she came down with Brucella RB51 infection last month, the state Department of Health said in a statement Monday.
Brucella RB51 can lead to fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, headache, fatigue and muscle and joint pain. Infections of the central nervous system or lining of the heart might occur in very serious cases. Symptoms can show up as much as six months later.
"People should know that, in general, unpasteurized milk may contain dangerous bacteria and those who have become ill after consuming raw milk products should immediately consult a medical professional," state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan said.
It is illegal to sell or distribute raw milk or products made from raw milk, such as yogurt, soft cheese and ice cream in the state, Tan said.
Pasteurized milk and dairy products bought commercially are considered safe for consumption because they are heated to a high temperature that kills harmful bacteria, according to health officials .
There were three cases of the infection in New Jersey between 2012 and 2016, the department of health said. The New Jersey woman is the second to be sickened with the infection in the U.S. this year.
Udder Milk's website was taken down late Tuesday morning.
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